Academic Programs

Interdivisional Concentrations

Global and International Studies


The Global and International Studies (GIS) concentration is designed for students interested in engaging with world affairs. Students moderate into GIS in addition to a primary divisional program. There are two tracks, Global and International Affairs (GIS–GIA) and Global Public Health (GIS–GPH). The objectives of GIS are to outline a clear path for the formal study of global and international affairs or global public health; provide students with the opportunity to obtain formal qualification in global and international affairs; encourage students to have an international academic experience; and link nonclassroom experiences, be they internships, lectures, or student programs (such as Model United Nations), with an academic field that focuses on international issues.


Entrance into the GIS concentration takes place parallel to, or following, Moderation in a major academic program. Students moderating into GIS should normally have taken three GIS cross-listed courses prior to Moderation. All students must submit the materials associated with their primary program; each student is also required to submit a plan of study to the GIS coordinator that demonstrates a coherent vision of global and international studies within his/her academic program, and present the plan during or after Moderation.

Students in the Global and International Affairs (GIS–GIA) track are required to take a total of seven courses in the following areas of study: three in political studies or related disciplines (including one each in the areas of international relations theory, theories and practice of globalization, and U.S. foreign policy); two in economics with an international focus; and two in different geographic areas (excluding the United States). They are expected to demonstrate basic proficiency in one language in addition to English.

Students in the Global Public Health (GIS–GPH) track are required to take eight courses in the following areas of study: one in any social studies discipline that focuses on the social dimensions of health; three in the sciences (including one each in the areas of subcellular biology, organismal diversity, and biology of health/disease); two in political studies or related disciplines (specifically, international relations theory, and theories and practice of globalization); one in economics with an international focus; and one in statistics.